260x260 mm, Offset printing
170 gsm, LuxoArt Matt paper
case bound, hard cover
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin served as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000, and again from 2008 to 2012. He won the presidential election in 2000, in 2004 he was re-elected for a second term, and on 4 March 2012 he won the election for the third time. Fund this book
Although the domestic opposition,Western observers and organisations have voiced criticism of Putin's leadership, he has mostly enjoyed considerable popularity in his country.
Especially within a small group of young people in the suburbs of Moscow, the members of the VV Putin Fan Club.They idolise their president as a saviour of their country. His private life provides a a role-model for these young boys and girls, he embodies the ideal politician, the strong sportsman, the perfect husband and exquisite father-figure for them.
As a documentary photographer I had the chance to spend some time with these young people, they let me have an inside look into their lifes, thoughts, and homes. The way they follow the news about their idol, they collect t-shirts, pictures, flags and information on the object of their affection is not at all different to any other fan clubs in the world. What makes them special is the object of their devotion.
Is that the quest for identification of a lost generation, a search for their place in the maze of an ambiguous society? Do they represent the future of Russia? Will there be a time when they question their former object of adoration?
Everybody has his/her own answeres to these questions. Someone might find this kind of devotion banal or funny. It might be frightening for others. One thing is sure: we can not pass this phenomenon without noticing it.
My aim was to introduce this phenomenon as detachedly as possible. This book does not represent a political attitude, I didn't seek for sensation. It arose questions in me what I want to share and pass over.
Question that might be more accurate nowdays than ever.